In recent decades New York City has been lauded as America’s safest big city. Unfortunately, it seems as though many have forgotten how improbable that once was. As recently as 1990, the city saw more than 2200 murders per year. By the year 2000 that number was reduced by almost three-quarters. By 2017 the number had dropped to an all-time low of under 300. A number that would have been inconceivable just a few years earlier. Sadly, that trend is now reversing, and murder, shooting and violent crime are increasing by double digit percentages, even as the population of New York City decreases. More alarmingly, the commonsense policies that help save the city from the abyss, community-based policing and quality of life initiatives, are being recast by opportunistic politicians more concerned with appeasing radical agendas, then with keeping our city safe.